I was driving home several years ago after a very long day at work. I shut off the radio and began praying, much better use of my time. I started praying the same old prayer I have prayed for years. “God USE me. Please USE my life. I want to change the world for You.”
As I arrived home and walked to my front door in the dark. My neighbor who has barely spoken two or three words to me asked for a moment to chat. He chased off his girlfriend and another neighbor by saying, “I need to talk to KC alone for a moment.” Thoughts raced through my head wondering what he wanted to say to me? We exchanged a little bit of small talk about his car we were standing by and he seemed to finally muster up the strength to utter these words, “Would you happen to have a Bible I can have?” Shocked, I gasped and smiled with laughter in my voice repeating his request, “You want a Bible? Bro, I can hook you up.” He went on to share how life was rough for him right now, that he had no job and suffered with back problems…the list went on and on. I listened. I prayed. With compassion flooding my soul from personal experience in my own life I shared stories of God’s provision and how He keeps His promises. I went home and as promised came back to give him that Bible.
Here’s my point in sharing this moment in my life. We are asking God to send us to the nations…”Oh Lord, SEND ME!” It’s a great prayer and don’t stop praying it but here’s the deal…God is just wanting you and I to look up. LOOK! Follow your heart and your eyes to the person nearest you. In my case it was just talking to the guy on the other side of the wall. You don’t need a pulpit or a ministry title for God to use you. You don’t need to be a graduate of a Bible School. He wants to use you NOW. Today in your family, in your workplace, in your neighborhood! Invest in one person at a time and watch God truly use you to change this world. Jesus said YOU are the light of the world. Turn the light on!
“Here’s another way to put it: You’re here to be light, bringing out the God-colors in the world. God is not a secret to be kept. We’re going public with this, as public as a city on a hill. If I make you light-bearers, you don’t think I’m going to hide you under a bucket, do you? I’m putting you on a light stand. Now that I’ve put you there on a hilltop, on a light stand—shine! Keep open house; be generous with your lives. By opening up to others, you’ll prompt people to open up with God, this generous Father in heaven.” Matthew 5:14-16 (MSG)
God today give me Your eyes, Your heart to see the needs around me. I pray they see YOU in me. Let me be sensitive enough to know when to reach out. Let me be your hands and your feet today. I know this day has purpose. Let me be someone’s answered prayer. In Jesus name.